Did you know there is a new Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) resource tool called EFMP & Me? The Department of Defense Office of Special Needs and Military OneSource launched EFMP & Me earlier this summer as a virtual guide for military families with special needs. The goal of this new tool is to efficiently and conveniently connect families with the information they need, hand-in-hand with Military OneSource, 24/7, anywhere around the world.

In a Fort Rucker, AL Public Affairs Story, the installation’s EFMP Coordinator, Amanda Goodson, stated that “You don’t have to have an account to use EFMP & Me, but having one does help if you want to save your searches and make checklists.” Additionally, Ms. Goodson noted that EFMP & Me contains local information to provide the widest array of services possible. It brings clarity to the entire process of registering for the EFMP program and for transitioning to a new location with the program. By using the tool, families are also reminded about utilizing the Army Community Service (ACS) offerings as well as the medical services available to them.

Goodson also stated, “We are here to advocate for them, or if they need special equipment we can get them in touch with financial readiness or Army Emergency Relief for access to loans and grants. Our goal is to ensure military family members with special needs get the help they need to thrive in Army life.”

Along with EFMP & Me, Military OneSource provides a special needs parent tool kit and dozens of downloadable guides, including Fact Sheets like “A Guide to Healthy Caregiving” and “Preparing for Your Move.”

You’ll also find links to these national resources and more right here on our Heroes Welcome website. Check back periodically as we will continue to add carefully curated, vetted resources and tools to help streamline the PCS process for military families moving to Alabama.